Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Poetry & Poets in Film

One of your choices for the midterm Report is to watch and report on a film that features poetry or the life of a poet in some fashion. Here is a long (but not complete) list of choices, briefly annotated to indicate which poet is featured. Also see the poets.org resources:


The Anniversary Party – Matthew Arnold
Awakenings – Rainer Maria Rilke
Barfly – Charles Bukowsi
Basketball Diaries – Jim Carroll
Barretts of Wimpole Street – Robert & Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Beautiful Dreamers – Walt Whitman
Before Sunrise – W. H. Auden
The Bridges of Madison County – Lord Byron
Bull Durham – Whitman, Thomas Gray
Crimes and Misdemeanors – Emily Dickinson
Dante’s Inferno – Dante Gabriel Rosetti
Dead Man – William Blake
Dead Poets Society – Several
The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca – Federico Garcia Lorca
Dr. Zhivago – various
The Edge of Love – Dylan Thomas
A Fine Madness – fictional
Forced March – Miklos Radnoti
Four Weddings and a Funeral – Auden
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Alexander Pope
Gothic – Lord Byron and Percy Shelley
Hannah and Her Sisters – ee. cummings
Haunted Summer – Lord Byron and Percy Shelley
Hedd Wyn – Welsh poet
Henry Fool – fictional
The Horse’s Mouth – various
The Hours – fictional
Il Postino – Pablo Neruda
In the Bedroom – William Blake, HW Longfellow
The Incredibly True Story of Two Girls in Love – Walt Whitman
In Custody – fictional
In Her Shoes – Elizabeth Bishop, e.e. cummings
The Ladykillers – Edgar Allan Poe
Love Jones – Sonia Sanchez
The Loved One – various
Memphis Belle – WB Yeats
Mindwalk – Kenneth Patchen, Pablo Neruda
Mirrors – fictional
Mrs. Parker & the Vicious Circle – Dorothy Parker
Out of Africa – Coleridge, A. E. Houseman
The Outsiders – Robert Frost
Pandaemonium – William Wordsworth, ST Coleridge
Patch Adams – Pablo Neruda
Pinero – Miguel Pinero
Poetic Justice – Maya Angelou
Possession – fictional
Prince of Tides – fictional
Quiz Show – various
The Reader – Charles Baudelaire
Reuben, Reuben – fictional
Rowing With the Wind – Lord Byron and Percy Shelley
Shakespeare in Love – Shakespeare
Slam – Saul Williams
Sophie’s Choice – Emily Dickinson
The Source – Allen Ginsburg
Sylvia – Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes
Smoke Signals – Sherman Alexie
Stevie – Stevie Smith
Till Human Voices Wakes Us – T. S. Eliot
Tom & Viv – T.S. Eliot
Total Eclipse – Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud
War Requiem – Wilfred Owen
The Weight of Water – various
Wildflowers – Robert Hass
Wit – John Donne
Women in Love – D. H. Lawrence

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